Asus PU500CA-XO002X Notebook Review

As expected from an Asus’ business laptop, the PU500CA-XO002X delivers decent reliability and visuals. The device is mostly matte black and the absence of optical drive, makes it reasonably slim. At only 1.96kg, the laptop is quite light for a 15.6” laptop. It stands out from the competition with the availability of ExpressCard port.

The chiclet-style keyboard includes a usable numpad and keys are reasonably large at 15 x 15mm. The feedback is pleasantly firm, the pressure point is clear and key travel is decent. It is also spray-proof and prolific writers should be happy using it.

The 15.6” (1366 x 768) display uses matte panel to reduce reflections, but unfortunately, the brightness level is only mediocre at best. Inside, users can find Intel Core i5 3317U Ivy Bridge processor, clocked dynamically between 1.7GHz and 2.4GHz with Turbo Boost feature.

The main storage unit is the 500GB 5400rpm Travelstar Z5K500, supported by a 24GB Kingston SSD for caching purposes only. The Asus PU500CA-XO002X isn’t made with serious gaming in mind and the Intel Graphics HD 4000 is only usable for medium-low detail settings when running newer games.

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